The Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism is dedicated to promoting and protecting the practice of investigative reporting.

Established in 2006 by veteran investigative reporter Lowell Bergman, the IRP evolved from a single seminar to encompass a nonprofit newsroom, an annual symposium, multiple courses and a post-graduate fellowship program, among other initiatives. Through its teaching-hospital model, students gain practical experience in breaking major stories for some of the nation’s foremost print and broadcast outlets. The IRP also works closely with students to develop and publish their own work.

The IRP has been a pioneer in the collaborative production of award-winning investigative reporting on multiple platforms. This innovation, now commonplace in the news business, has been recognized with the highest honors in journalism. The program’s work has made it a model for nonprofit journalism based at a college or university that has been replicated around the world.

The IRP has produced and contributed to dozens of groundbreaking stories for broadcast, print and online outlets. Its work has appeared on PBS FRONTLINE, Univision, NPR and PBS NewsHour and in publications such as The New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles Times, The Guardian, Mother Jones and The Atlantic, among others.

Our People

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David Barstow

Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism

David Barstow leads the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is a former senior writer at The New York Times and the first reporter to ever win four Pulitzer Prizes.

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Staff

Janice Hui
Managing Director

Christine Schiavo
Local News Editor

Wesley Lowery
Special Projects Editor

Garrett Therolf
Reporter

Lowell Bergman
Founder

 

Students

Graduate Student Researcher

Brett Simpson

Research Assistants

Noah Baustin, Jesse Bedayn, Isabella Bloom, Tom Brouns, Coral del Mar Murphy-Marcos, Brian Howey, Subuk Hasnain, Kathryn Hurd, Injeong Kim, Daniel Lempres, Ellie Lightfoot, Julia Kane, Bashirah Mack, Imran Ali Malik, Anne Marshall-Chalmers, Francisco Martinezcuello, Tamera Moore, Melissa Perez Winder, Ande Richards and Dylan Svoboda. 

Our Funding

Creating ongoing funding sources for the IRP is critical to its long-term stability. We offer sincere thanks to our current funders.

The IRP was founded with a gift from Reva and David Logan, which created an endowed faculty position, the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism. In addition to the Reva and David Logan Foundation, the IRP’s foundation partners now include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Gladys P. & Alfredo I. Rodriguez Fund. The IRP offices are sponsored by a generous gift from the Heising-Simons Foundation to the University of California, which allowed the university to purchase a building for the IRP and The Daily Californian.

Individual donors also provide major program support and have long been the base of our funding.

If you are interested in supporting the IRP, there are many ways to get involved. Donations can be given to specific programs or general operations. The IRP also gladly accepts in-kind contributions for the annual Logan Symposium as well.

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Reporting Projects

Award winning investigative reporting by our fellows and reporting team, covering... to ....

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Logan Symposium

Leading journalists, policymakers, academics, philanthropists and other will gather at the annual Logan Symposium to discuss topics that include... and more.

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Gabriel’s Fund

Created in memory of Gabriel Fernandez, the subject of the Netflix docuseries ‘The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez,” which is based on the IRP’s reporting.

With Major Support From These Foundations

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Contact IRP

Investigative Reporting Program
Graduate School of Journalism
2481 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone: (510) 643-1386
Email: ucberkeleyirp@berkeley.edu

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